fallingeese
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Nikon 80-400VR Lens

Mon Sep 22, 2003 10:37 am

I'm looking at purchasing the Nikon AF 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D VR ED in the near future. I'm wondering if any of you have used this in the past, and what are your feelings with regards to this lens.

I've read about somewhat slow autofocusing with the D100, but I am assuming that this is mainly that it is an AF lens, and not AF-S. Is it true that there is also a locking mechanism so that it doesn't have to hunt through the whole range?
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AirNikon
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RE: Nikon 80-400VR Lens

Mon Sep 22, 2003 11:01 am

The 80-400VR is a real dog when attached to the D100. I liked it when I used it with the F5 and N80, but was a disappointment when I stopped shooting film. Sure, its functional enough but is currently parked in my closet.

The 70-200 f/2.8 AFs VR is far superior in sharpness and speed [obviously], and when hooked-up with the TC-14EII Teleconverter the results are excellent.

Yes, you can limit focus between full-range and/or 2.5M-Infinity and the focusing speed is even quicker.
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RE: Nikon 80-400VR Lens

Mon Sep 22, 2003 11:07 pm

This lens perform amazingly good and steady sharp ONLY at 300mm or above range I found. I shoot many turning like A2A stuff far away from airport, it turned out great the way you can't get with a consumer cheap lens like 75-300, It is very heavy compared with D100 body, so it tends sometimes get unbalance and blurry shot because of the weight attached to the lighter body. The F5 is perfect match with the 80-400 VR.

For lower range, go with Air Nikon opinion, 80-200 or 70-200 f2.8 is bulletproof! For any serious shooter, you gonna have that! But 80-400 provide one lens fits all, you don't need to attach or detach teleconverter, which at sometimes can be a pain and lead to missed out stuff.

Sam

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RE: Nikon 80-400VR Lens

Tue Sep 23, 2003 8:38 am

Don't bother with the 80-400. 400 f/5.6 on the D100/D1X looks awful. The images are quite soft, and the focus, even limited, has a hard time picking up an object, and holding focus. I noticed this on my F100 too. My suggestion is 70-200 f/2.8 + TC-14E II. It'll run about $500 more than the VR, but believe me, the quality is much better. Another option is the 70-200 f/2.8 TC-20E II. I've shot this combination before, and I didn't have a quality problem.
 
fallingeese
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RE: Nikon 80-400VR Lens

Wed Sep 24, 2003 12:26 pm

With which 70-200mm f2.8 lenses does the autofocus still work on, if attached to a teleconverter?
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RE: Nikon 80-400VR Lens

Wed Sep 24, 2003 12:50 pm

70-200 f/2.8 AF-S VR and 80-200 f/2.8 AF-S only [keyword AF-S]. It is a rather unique TC regarding compatibility.
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RE: Nikon 80-400VR Lens

Wed Sep 24, 2003 3:49 pm

My 80-200/2.8 (not the AF-S) works well with the 2X Soligor C/D7 teleconverter, both the exposure metering and the AF.

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fallingeese
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RE: Nikon 80-400VR Lens

Thu Sep 25, 2003 11:20 pm

I'm thinking that this weekend, I will head into the shop and see what is available to me.

Unfortunently money is a little tight for me, so I doubt I will be able to afford the 80-200 AF-S VR as sweet as it is.
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RE: Nikon 80-400VR Lens

Fri Sep 26, 2003 12:16 am

So, the truth is out there... Not only can Nikon not keep up with Canon on the digital bodies, now we find that their 80-400VR isn't as good as Canon's 100-400IS Big grin

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RE: Nikon 80-400VR Lens

Fri Sep 26, 2003 8:08 am

I have no problem for the 80-400 VR at all. All my recent JFK photos are taken on that with D100. Practice make perfect. Down the end, it also depends on the photog I suppose, Art Brett also use that lens. But in comapre with the 70-200 /80-200 f2.8, since it is better lens (and more $$), the 80-400VR fall short. With Canon I would say the same.

Andy my photo beat your hits no, so does it mean my 80-400VR does a good job in winning that?  Big grin

Sam

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RE: Nikon 80-400VR Lens

Fri Sep 26, 2003 9:44 am

The 80-400 is very tempting. I'm not a fan of having to fiddle with a tele-converter, and especially here in YYC, it would be on, then off, then back on again, just not economically feasible for me.

I'm going to take a look at them again tomorrow, and hopefully within the next month, I'll have my new toy, just in time for the British Winter charters.
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RE: Nikon 80-400VR Lens

Fri Sep 26, 2003 11:19 am

Go with the xx-200 f2.8. You will not regret the decision.

Jeff

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